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CMN: Stanislav Grof on Psychotropic Drugs (January 2006)

Season 2, Episode 2
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Psychoanalyst Stanislav Grof discusses his work in expanded awareness, which began as a medical student volunteering for a new drug called LSD.

Dr. Grof began his career in psychotherapy at the end of the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. In his work exploring altered states of consciousness, he came to see how ludicrous the traditional medical understanding of these non-ordinary states of consciousness was. For example, in today’s lexicon of pathology, Buddha would be labeled schizophrenic, or at least borderline and St. John of the Cross a heredity degenerative.

Currently, Dr. Grof is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in the Department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, and teaches at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA.

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philalethes, posted on March 4, 2015

I went to a Holotropic class in San Francisco with Grof 2 years ago. In our circle was a couple who were both theater people. They danced, emoted, moaned, and generally seemed to think this was all about them spilling their guts in some kind of "performance" art. With their eyes closed they veered around the circle and the group handlers had to jump around trying to keep them from bumping into the rest of us. My session was ruined and I let the handlers know this was just unprofessional, and at $300 per session, also unacceptable. I'm also not about my inner processes being a public display, so this kind of mass group session is certainly not for all. Nor am I attracted to "sharing" afterwards with strangers.
Also, if the driving music pounding away is not music you like, this becomes another irritation that draws off your attention from the subtle inner watching.
Give me a quiet psychedelix session any day, for deeper digging and better realizations. I've also had 6 years of classic Reichian body work, and I didn't expect a lot from a shotgun weekend session. I'm sure Grof would prefer to go back to old methods, but his hands are tied. So we are left with the Lite version of his work.

Puptart, posted on February 23, 2014

I felt Holotropic Breathwork was a waste of time for me. The fellow who gave the class was from Brazil and many of the people in our class gained from the experience. To me, the music was too loud and the breathing seemed forced without gain/change in states. Breathwork was introduced in a long term Hypnotherapy course, an astounding course. Perhaps another time would have worked for me. I just don't get it.

lauraburnell2681, posted on January 8, 2014

I was trained in holotropic breathwork and experienced it many times myself with powerful results... and used it on psychiatric patients over the years,,, dramatic results with clients, and had them draw mandalas and discuss their experiences afterwards. Trained with James Eyerman while working psychiatric inpatient and did breathwork sessions inpatient and in his office with outpatient clients over the years. The breathing substitutes the drugs with dramatic results. Love this stuff!

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